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Known as the Bard of Hackney, Frank Bangay has been performing poetry and song for over 40 years on the London poetry scene. He writes about his two passions: music and gardening for various publications including The Big Untidy.
Frank Bangay writes a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson: The Soul Of A Man
22 July 2013
My first introduction to the music of Blind Willie Johnson came in 2002. The guitar teacher at CORE Arts in Hackney, had encouraged me to have a go at learning to play the slide guitar. As a result I got a slide guitar compilation out of the library. There was some great stuff on the record. About half way through following straight after a track by the mighty Son House, was You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond, by Blind Willie Johnson. His gruff voice, accompanied by a...
Frank shares a poem 'Moments in the Day'
20 July 2013
Moments in the Day The papers print a creepy image A boy with a rucksack on his back At the train station. Of to take his life And bring others down with him All for the promise of paradise What kind of paradise? I was talking to my Muslim neighbour He told me he disagreed with the bombing Nowhere in the Koran does it say you must kill. I read the newspapers The front page exposes its scandal I hear politicians talking I hear politicians waffle. I can’t help wondering Are...